* Posts by Drew Cullen

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Windows 7 kills two thirds of active Vista initiatives

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Re: no reg req'd?

Report was mistakenly gated. Now fixed.

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Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version

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Re: Minor probs

Our bad.

We will fix this in our next pass at the mobile version in late November.

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Re: Nice...but what about......

Aaron, our technical overlord, has pencilled this in for "late November".

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Re: Fantastic!

We haven't gone beyond the "wouldn't it be nice to have mobile version for reading comments". This is something we will address in the New Year.

However, an acceptable UI for posting comments on the mobile version sounds a lot harder - we are inclined to keep things as they are. But by all means, point us to mobile rev /comments posting UIs that work for you.

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Re: Browser sniffing

Relax guys: We won't force Reg Mobile down your phone throats. We envisage something much more limited - a link to the mobile version when it looks like you're on a mobile.

All our mobile pages have a link back to the full-fat version - so unlike the other sites that some of you mention, there is no difficulty on this score.

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Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

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Re: # What is that all about?

All comments should have permanent links - which is why you can search for them using Google. We wanted to make this explict and chose the hash sign as a visual shorthand. # is commonly used as symbol on websites to denote perma-links.

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US IT staff salaries and benefits shrink

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Re: hmmm....

Although you don't care about the US tech job market, 1.8 million Reg readers may differ (that's how many US readers visit our site each month).

Anyways: We are increasing our coverage of tech jobs on both side of the Atlantic. And I am sure we will get some UK regional breakdowns soon enough. In the meantime here are some UK tech job articles we have published this month.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/24/contractor_immigration/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/23/more_tech_jobs_go/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/04/jobs_falling_slower/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/04/bt_tech_mahindra/

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Amazon.com dumps North Carolina affiliates

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Re: Brick-and-motor store?

Very droll. Fixed.

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Oracle hits DoJ roadblock on Sun deal

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Re: Fact or rumour ?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/19/oracle_shopping_sun_hardware/

The fact is: this is what our sources are saying.

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Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

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Re: Re Edit Your Details

We will have to tidy this up at some point.

Not a perfect solution, by any means, but in employment details - change job title in "other" and type "retired.

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Re: Previous posts

In the first instance, historic comments will have your old handles (if indeed they change). We will sort this out, one way or another, when we make comments publicly accessible from the site (rather than through a sideways Google glance).

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Google Squared - the Cuilest search app ever

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Re: pics

We will sort out the pics when California wakes up.

Apologies.

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NASA talks little green men with Vatican

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The secret life of plants

The commenters aren't mad. The article did originally say "life on other plants".

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Google picks up third spot in spam-friendly shame list

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Re: Errors

Turkey / Taiwan. A not so easy mistake to make. Now rectified.

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Raids net police £1m in pirate game and movie discs

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Re: Can't you lot read?

It is always reasonable to be suspicious of police / copyright holder estimates of losses. They have form.

But this comment thread is taking a distinctly silly turn. So thank-you, Gildas, for pointing out the bleeding obvious.

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Why the IWF was right to ban a Wikipedia page

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Re: Censorship

Since when were the comment pages of any internet publication an unfettered forum for free speech?

And since when did criticism of article A, appended as a comment to article B, become on-topic?

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Doctor amputates boy's arm using SMS instructions

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Re: Get it right.

I have no idea how we managed to amputate a second arm. Story now updated, thanks for the catch.

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25 years of Macintosh - the Apple Computer report card

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Rules of engagement

The name calling in this thread was getting far too tedious. So I have deleted one abusive comment and others reacting to this comment.

If you want your comment published, be a little civil.

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York council gets sniffy with Street View

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Re: Please answer

But our position is crystal clear. We support the right of everyone to take photos in public without fear or favour - except Google, of course. You can't be too careful where they are concerned.

Philosophically coherent, no?

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Study: Vast number of cyber attacks 'Made in the USA'

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Re: Melamine

Story updated with correct information - thanks for the catch.

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iTunes, and Sting, banned from China

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Re: Missing link....

To clarify, Zac. Your earlier comment to this story remains published. So disappearance is not down to us.

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McKinnon loses extradition fight

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Re: Asperger Syndrome

This is relevant to the case. McKinnon's own lawyer put this forward as a reason why he should be prosecuted in the UK.

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Acorn alumni to toast tech pioneer's 30th anniversary

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Re: Acorn electrons for Christmas 2003?

Story updated with correct dates.

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Advent 4211 mini notebook

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Re: Rating is shown on page1, but not at bottom of page 5

The article gives an 88 per cent rating. But for some reason the graphic does not show up on the page.

We'll fix it tomorrow.

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FCC votes to silence 700MHz lurkers

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Re: The USA is a foreign country

Unfortunately, not all our stories can be relevant to all our readers all the time - incidentally, more than two-thirds of our readers come from outside the UK.

But I take issue with the lack of relevance about kit, especially about consumer products stories and reviews. All of our reviews are for products that are available in the UK. All of the prices for those reviews are UK prices first.

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COBOL thwarts California's Governator

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Re: How much!?

Umm, yes. A big slip of the keyboard / brain here. Correct figure is 30 mil.

Drew

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Grand Theft Auto reportedly inspires teen rampage

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Re: Oops

Van driver / bat boy corrected.

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Are Dell's Energy Smart servers really smart at all?

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Re: I don't know but

Yet another survey from yet another IT security company, saying nothing that anyone who knows anything about security does not know already. Computer Weekly are welcome to it...

Drew

El Reg

PS A little off-topic, Mr Anon.

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Cyber B52 strikes mooted as response to Chinese infowar

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Re: @Mr. Pott & AC

George Smith is drawing attention to US scaremongering. I am at a loss to understand how you can think of this article as racist.

Drew

El Reg

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Date set for next major PS3 firmware release

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Re: Danish?

Umm - they're both flat, aren't they?

Story corrected, thanks for the catch

Drew

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Gordon Brown claims a Brit invented the iPod

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Re: Sounds painful

Typo corrected - and comment published.

Drew

El Reg

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I Was A Teenage Bot Master

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Re: This moron of "above average intelligence"?

Flare = Flair.

Slip of the brain, now corrected.

Drew

El Reg

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Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' goes commercial

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Re: Did someone >really< say this?

We have updated the article to make clear who said this.

Drew

El Reg

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Commodore goes titsup (again)

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Re: Since you asked...

"Tits up" is not an uncommon phrase in English English.

"Titsup", as in "goes titsup", is as far as I am concerned, a Register-ism, coined by Tim Richardson, a one-time reporter here.

Drew

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El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

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Re: Location, location...

We moved...

Drew

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Move over Storm - there's a bigger, stealthier botnet in town

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Re: And this helps because...

James,

Correct me if I am wrong, but you seem to be putting forward the "oxygen of publicity" argument. We do not subscribe to this point of view. How could we?

The Register is an IT news site and this is an interesting IT news story, covered elsewhere, I see. I am sure more IT security sites will be joining in as the day goes on.

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Snitching is less than golden for piracy informers

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Re: And we call it "disgruntled peons ratting on their bosses."

Umm... SIIA trumpets this initiative as a success. It isn't. It calls its informants "whistleblowers", making them sound like are doing this for the public interest. They aren't. Revenge and pocket money are the main motivators, as any anti-piracy organisation will tell you.

Should companies cheat on their software licences? No, they shouldn't. Should companies look for cheaper or free open-source alternatives? If it makes business sense, then they would be fool not to.

Should people piggyback on copyleft and FOSS principles to claim unauthorised downloading of music or movies or software, as their birthright? Freeloading may be a rational activity, especially as the chances of being caught are remote. But elevating it into an "freetard" ideology is a different matter. Here we part company.

The system is bust, the traditional copyright owners expect too much money, and deploy legal thugs to try to scare away freeloaders. We report and decry their excesses.

However, we support the concept of copyright and of fair compensation for artists and software companies, who choose to charge for their work. What is "fair" compensation"? What business model(s) work? Can producers and consumers forge a new compact that satisfies most, if not all of us.

We don't know the answers, but we want to find out.

Fence sitting? I don't think so.

Drew

El Reg

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Adware slips between pages of e-book

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Re: Proof-of-concept for Adobe?

Did you mean this, from November?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/29/yahoo_adobe_pdf_advert/

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Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality

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Re: I wasn't kidding

Thanks for the offer, Ted.

You could always buy a Reg t-shirt at cash'n'carrion, I suppose.

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Investors cheer Toshiba plan to drop HD DVD

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Time Out

Take a deep breath and chill out, people.

Drew

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Google in mass 404 land grab

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Re: Thi$ is not clever

I sympathise with you, here; we thought it mildly amusing once upon a time, but got bored with "$" transposition sometime in 2000.

Drew

El Reg

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BitTorrent admin's police bail extended (again)

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Re: NOT police bail - magistrates or crown courts!

"If there's not enough evidence to charge you, you'll be released on police bail. You don't have to pay to be released on police bail, but you'll have to return to the station for further questioning when asked."

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/powers/custody/

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Spain bows before la blogosfera

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Re: slow day...

It is somewhat difficult for Lester who, incidentally lives in Spain and is bilingual in English and Spanish, to copy or parody an article that was published three days after the one he wrote.

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Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look

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Re: Wrong way round?

I asked Scott - who also took the photograph: Here is his reply:

"No, it's correct as it is.

It's just the way it looks given the camera flash and where I was standing.

The writing on the stands - if it's visible at 72dpi, should help clarify."

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Network down? Must be New Year's Eve gunfire

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Re: Ah, Warwick VIRGINIA

Chill. It was carelessness on our part, not parochialism...Kelly is English and works in London.

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Dell's laptop customisation options not very customisable

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Re: how the...,

Because it makes a pleasant change from the astroturfing we routinely reject and because we are full of Christmas goodwill...

Normal service will be resumed shortly.

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Arthur C Clarke lists three wishes on 90th birthday

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Sunday Mirror

I am extinguishing a nasty little flame war brewing over Arthur C. Clarke's supposed sexual proclivities.

This was the outcome of an investigation prompted by a Sunday Mirror article in 1998.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/s/w_asia/74938.stm

We will not publish anything that suggests otherwise.

May I remind you that under UK libel law, we are responsible for everything YOU write in comments.

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Gates' spontaneity highlights IE data gap

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Re: You never know....

Calm down, dear...and you will see that we do indeed have Jobs angel / devil icons.

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Two UK web hosts go down

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Re: @supermeerkat

Remember me... any day now.

Drew

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